BC Housing has confirmed that many co-op members are eligible to claim a BC Temporary Rent Supplement (TRS).
You may be eligible to claim the TRS if you live in:
Members in provincially funded co-ops and members already receiving rent supplements or paying government-subsidized housing charges are not eligible.
Other eligibility criteria apply to all tenants and co-op members.
We have received inquiries from co-ops and co-op members about how to interpret the TRS guidelines found HERE.
Here is a short translation guide for housing co-ops. For your purposes:
CHF BC is grateful to BC Housing for being so fair and flexible in establishing that co-op members qualify for the TRS.
Co-op members can APPLY HERE. Co-ops then complete the second part of the application. Bear in mind that the program is not retroactive, so you will need to apply by the end of each month to receive a payment for that month’s housing charges. BC Housing’s turnaround time on depositing payments in co-op accounts is very fast.
Update: as of June 19, 2020, the province has extended the TRS until the end of August 2020. People who have already applied do not need to reapply.
Questions can be directed to BC Housing at 778-452-2836 (Lower Mainland) or 1-877-757-2577 (Toll free) or to CHF BC at firstname.lastname@example.org.